To live off the grid you need solar panels and several banks of batteries. We also have two wind generators and that's a plus, but not needed. Anyways, we bought our forth bank of batteries and thought, "Wooooo Hooooo - we can stop drinking instant coffee and have an actual coffee maker!"
Went right out and bought a programmable Mr. Coffee. Yesterday, as I am a very early riser, it was set to start perking at 4 a.m. We found out that the perking of a coffee maker puts a serious hit to our voltage, as we thought it might. New plan......I would start it at 5 a.m. as in the summer it's light enough and the voltage will be on the rise. As I look outside, I see the sky is sea of dark clouds with the rumbling of thunder off in the distance. UGH - Where is my instant coffee!
Even living off the grid I am able to write stories. I write for the very young (picture books) to the middle grade kiddos (fantasy, time travel, contemporaries) to the older folks under P. A. Estelle (family drama, romances of all kinds - paranormal, contemporaries, historical western. You can take a look at all I write at
Thanks for stopping by and..... keep your kids reading this summer!